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SKUKUZA – Two field rangers suspected of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park (KNP) were arrested on Monday. South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement the two suspects were based at the Houtboschrand section and are alleged to have shot and dehorned a white rhino in May. They were apprehende as a result of an intensive joint investigation carried out by the SANParks Environmental Crime Investigative Unit and the SAPS. Their arrest follows a report in May in which shots were reported by tourists and a poached rhino carcass was then found with its horns missing. The two suspects had been deployed in the area at the time of the reports. Report from the lowvelder.co.za

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Suspects caught with R1 mil worth of rhino horns... Two suspects were hunted down for being in possession of two rhino horns on the N4 Highway. Information was given to the police on Tuesday, June 12 to be on the lookout for a white BMW with the registration plates, HB 28 LB GP and two suspects in the vehicle. The chase started from Nelspruit as it was alleged that the vehicle was transporting rhino horns. The scene on the N4 Highway just outside eMalahleni where two suspects were arrested for the possession of rhino horns on June 13. This information was then passed onto members of the Highway Patrol, not long after receiving the information the vehicle was spotted, travelling on the N4 highway from Middelburg to eMalahleni. Highway Patrol tried to stop the vehicle without any success. The chase then continued and they managed to stop it just before the eMalahleni off-ramp from the toll gate. The members searched the BMW and found two rhino horns in a white container wrapped in foil in the boot of the vehicle. It’s alleged that the vehicle used was rented and that the suspects were on their way to Johannesburg to make the drop off. Members from the South African National Parks ( #SANParks) were notified about the arrest and the two horns that were discovered in the boot of the vehicle. They then flew in with a helicopter to come and identify the horns. Dr Nolan Landman from Witbank Veterinary Hospital and Melissa Kemp from Mpumalanga Parks Board were contacted to do the #DNA testing. According to previous arrests made in South Africa in regards with rhino horn poaching, it is estimated that people pay up to R85 000 per kilogram of horn. It’s estimated that the total market value of the horns that were seized are in the region of R1 000 000. The suspects appeared today in Witbank Magistrate Court today, 14 June facing a charge of unlawful possession and trading of rhino horns. From SavingTheWild.com

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Rangers shoot three poachers dead, foil attempt to poach elephants 🐘 Three poachers were on Thursday gunned down at the Mt Elgon National Park after a shootout between them and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) wardens on patrol. County Commander Samson ole Kine told The Standard the poachers, believed to be from Uganda, had sneaked into the park and intended to kill elephants and remove their tusks. “KWS officers were on patrol inside the park when they spotted the poachers. A fierce shoot-out ensued and three of the poachers were gunned down while two others escaped. AK-47 rifles were recovered,” said Mr Kine. Kine said no wardens were injured in the incident that lasted more than 30 minutes. TIGHTER SECURITY County Commissioner Erastus Mbui said security surveillance had been intensified along the Kenya-Uganda border to deter poaching activities. “More officers have been deployed to conduct regular security patrols at the park and ensure wildlife is protected from the poachers. We urge communities around the park to report people they suspect to be on a poaching mission," said Mr Mbui. https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001282756/kws-rangers-gun-down-three-suspected-poachers #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingwilltoo #antipoaching #supportafricasrangers

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Great morning for a Rhino notching of an attempted poaching incident! This young girl was shot through the hump and fortunately the bullet went straight through. She is doing really well and the wound is not life threatening. Thanks to Andrew Rae of Rae Safaris and Peter Melville for making this work possible. The young Rhino was also notched and DNA was taken for the forensic database. @pilanesberg.wildlife.trust #SupportAfricasRangers #WildlifeWarriors #APU #RPU #antipoaching #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingwilltoo #rhinos

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Reflecting 🦏🖤👀 #SupportAfricasRangers #WildlifeWarriors

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Great news! Population of the highly endangered mountain gorilla rises above 1,000, representing a 25% increase in its central African heartland since 2010 #MountainGorilla is a CITES Appendix I species since 1975 & international trade is prohibited From @guardian

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We must protect this planet and the incredible species that live here. #repost @leonardodicaprio

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Several hundred mammoth and elephant ivory products being smuggled into a south China port were seized by port officials in the Chinese province of Guangdong yesterday. During an inspection, 740 ivory products weighing a total of 28 kilogrammes were discovered by Huangpu Customs officers. Two suspects were also arrested, reported China News Agency. The shipment is the first to be seized by Huangpu Customs since China banned all ivory trade at the end of 2017. It consisted of 15 kg of illegal African ivory products and 13 kg of undeclared items made from mammoth ivory. Trade in ivory from the tusks and teeth of mammoths, which became extinct more than 10,000 years ago, is legal and has been growing due to international trade restrictions on elephant ivory. It is estimated that over half of ivory sold into China is mammoth ivory. Earlier this month, a 13-year-old Vietnamese schoolgirl was caught by Chinese customs officers at Dongxing port on the southwest coast of China as she attempted to smuggle 49 ivory products strapped to her body. From Asa Butcher a senior editor at gbtimes.com

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Four Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers have been interdicted over the killing of three rhinos at the Meru National Park. The rhinos were killed on the day President Uhuru Kenyatta was announcing a seven per cent reduction in rhino poaching. The four were interdicted and investigations launched while two have been charged in court. The decision was announced yesterday by Tourism CS Najib Balala in a speech read on his behalf by Director of Research in the ministry, Patrick Omondi, during the launch of a commemorative postal stamp on the remaining northern white rhinos at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. “I want to send a message to the service officers that there will no more suspensions or transfers in the case of any incident of poaching,” said Balala. He said rogue rangers must be interdicted to protect the wildlife. Story from: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001280155/kws-rangers-sent-home-over-rhinos-killing

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Torches (flashlights) disorientate poachers during night time ambushes, reducing danger for our teams. We urgently need more - donate one to our rangers here: thedswt.org/torch @dswt #SupportAfricasRangers #UniteTheFight #IvoryFree #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingwilltoo

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Poachers have shot dead three critically endangered black rhinos in a specially-protected sanctuary in northern Kenya, the wildlife service said Thursday. Two adults and a calf were killed inside the 83 square kilometre (32 square mile) fenced rhino sanctuary in Meru National Park and had their horns removed. "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the poaching of three rhinos last night... at the Rhino Sanctuary in Meru N Park, where we lost two black rhinos & a calf," Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said in a statement on Twitter. "Gun shots were heard and ambushes laid at strategic points till morning," it said, adding that this "did not yield results." KWS said "aerial and ground" searches on Thursday revealed the three carcasses "with the horns missing". "No sign of the gang was reported, but our teams, both covert and overt, are in hot pursuit with good leads," it said. Rhino horn is made of keratin — the same substance as human hair and fingernails — yet is highly sought after in Asia, where consumers believe its ground form can cure hangovers or be used as an aphrodisiac. 69 KILLED Rhino and elephant poaching has reduced in Kenya in recent years, with nine rhinos and 69 elephants killed last year, according to KWS. Story from: Daily Nation Photo: KWS #SupportAfricasRangers #apu #antipoaching

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Anther one.... PLEASE READ 💔Tourists Come Across Poached Rhino: “My mother and I woke up at 4:30am this morning to be a part of the morning bush walk from a rest camp whose name I will not disclose for reasons to be explained in this post. A couple accompanied my mother and I for the walk and the six of us, including the two guides, set out for the early morning activity. After driving on the tar road for a while, we drove into the bush and after traversing the tough terrain, we got off the bakkie. We were briefed about the rules of the walk and then we set out. No more than one hundred metres away on a tree, we saw around ten vultures waiting for their next meal. Hyenas started whooping, lions started roaring; it was surreal. This was the Africa as we had read in textbooks way back in school. To witness this first hand, you can hardly put it in words. The vultures fled the scene. The closer we got to them, the farther away they receded. As we kept walking, one of the guides stopped and started talking to us. The whooping of hyenas only intensified at this point. It was getting exciting and unreal, now...We could smell some meat rotting. The vultures around were our first clue, but this was the final clue. There was a carcass around. The guide then broke out the sad news to us. It was a rhino carcass. From the stench of the carcass, he was able to recognise the animal. What was worse was that he suspected the rhino to be poached and not pass away due to a natural cause of death. I did not want to believe this. We moved slowly and steadily towards the carcass. The stench become stronger, and the hyenas, more timid in their approach. My worst fears came true. It was the carcass of a white rhinoceros. The horn was missing. The rhino had been poached. There was a stunned silence in the bush. It was like a mourning of sorts for a few moments. The guides, the people who had come for the walk, even the hyenas and the vultures joined us in the deafening silence to what we had just witnessed.” Via: Rupuk Hattikudur . #repost @disunitythefilm . #southafrica #tourist #disunitythefilm

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Vietnam: Customs at Ho Chi Minh City seized 3.8 tonnes of #pangolin scales on Friday in 2 containers from Congo, largest seizure in the city #WildlifeTrafficking #Pangolins are the most trafficked mammals in the world and international trade trade in all the 8 species of pangolins is banned by #CITES. Story from CITES

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Here is another way to help.... This is how supporting The Thin Green Line Foundation helps. With a generous contribution from Yulgilbar Foundation and a bequest from the estate of Kerry Macleod, and in partnership with our close collaborators in Kenya, Big Life Foundation, we have helped to construct a Ranger training academy (in which vital Ranger training will take place) in a place known as the Kimana Wildlife Corridor. We've also helped to fund critical on-site Ranger training, including first-aid education. Our organisation is focused on practical and essential projects that return immediate benefits to Rangers and to the wildlife and wild places they protect. If you donate or leave a bequest, you can be assured we're committed to getting the best possible outcomes. Join the movement. Let's create change. Give a gift: https://www.thingreenline.org.au/donate/ #repost @thingreenlinefoundation

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Nice photo 📸 @rdalderman ・・・ Rhino in South Africa #africananimals #rhino #whiterhino #rhinosofinstagram #repost

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